The 2018 Southern Automotive Conference is ONLY four months away!

Here are the TOP 10 reasons to join us October 3 – 5 in Atlanta!

1) The SAC celebrates its first year in Atlanta! New city, new ideas, new SAC! The biggest city in the South deserves the biggest SAC yet, and that’s exactly what it’ll get. More sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees than ever before will come from across the US and the globe to connect and experience what the industry has to offer.

2) High-caliber, high-impact panels. The nation’s top OEMs join forces to discuss their expectations for the future, while industry thought leaders offer strategies to help your company be a part of the automotive industry’s forward momentum.

3) Bigger, Brighter, Better Innovation Zone and all-new Workforce Development Zone!

  • Innovation Zone: It’s a high-tech, hands-on showcase of the best and brightest advances in automotive manufacturing. The showstopping section wowed last year, and that was only the beginning. This year, we’re amping it up.

  • Workforce Development Zone: A brand-new feature in response to your requests to help find state-of-the-art information, best practices, and successful solutions to the most pressing issue facing our industry today. The WDZ offers the chance to connect one-on-one with strategists and game-changers that stay ahead of the curve.

4) The Roxy Gala! Get charged up at The Battery, Atlanta’s exciting new entertainment district adjacent to the Atlanta Braves SunTrust Stadium. Thursday night’s Gala Reception is at the new Coca-Cola Roxy in The Battery Atlanta. Join the fun at the all-new Roxy Theatre for dinner, drinks, and dancing!

5) Forward-Thinking Breakout Sessions. Stay ahead of industry trends. Sessions highlight hot topics, including advanced vehicle technology, smart factories, cyber security, and workforce development.

6) Networking and Matchmaking! This year’s conference offers more opportunities than ever to network , including networking breakfasts that will energize you more than a cup of joe and dedicated time each day to make lasting connections with exhibitors.

7) Stars of Southern Manufacturing Awards Luncheon! A can’t miss, expanded Stars of Southern Manufacturing Awards Luncheon returns in a touching tribute to the hardest workers making the biggest impacts at their plants.

8) Wednesday Welcome! With Atlanta’s newest nightlife hotspot, The Battery Atlanta, just steps away from the Cobb Galleria Centre, planning out your nights and post-conference weekend plans can get overwhelming. Cobb Travel & Tourism will be on hand at Wednesday night’s welcome party to help facilitate a dine-around and make the most of your stay!

9) Upgraded Sponsorships. Sponsorships get a major upgrade , with all-new sponsor tiers and packages that ensure unique opportunities to promote your brand and make a big impact.

10) A-List Keynote Speakers. Keynotes delivered on the main stage from world-renowned faces and companies bring powerful reminders of the progress driving the automotive industry forward.

Register TODAY be a part of SAC2018’s Forward Momentum!

On March 13, 2006 Kia Motors announced that it was coming to West Point, Ga., the first automotive manufacturing site for Kia in North America. The $1 billion facility began production of its first vehicle, the Kia Sorento, on Nov. 16, 2009. The Sorento quickly became one of the brand’s top selling models. Currently, KMMG has approximately 2,700 team members and has directly led to the creation of another 11,000 jobs through suppliers and other affiliated companies. Kia has ranked number one in the automotive industry for two consecutive years according to JD Power’s Initial Quality Study. This includes the KMMG-built Sorento’s recognition as a segment winner in 2017.

KMMG has worked hard to build a reputation as a leader in the community with a focus on workforce development. More than $2.1 million has been contributed to bring SAE’s STEM-based “A World In Motion” Program to local kindergarten-8 th grade classrooms. Additionally, KMMG has provided more than $3.5 million to launch the THINC College and Career Academy in Troup County, allowing students to begin career paths in a variety of areas while also earning technical college certifications and college credits while still in high school.

As part of The Ray , KMMG is taking its role as a steward of the environment seriously. The Ray (located on I-85 between Exits 2 and 18) is meant to be a proving ground for green technology. KMMG and Kia Motors America have brought that technology to life with the installation of a solar powered charging station for electric vehicles and the installation of a solar powered tire pressure monitoring system.

In addition to the Sorento, KMMG is also the home for the Optima, another of Kia’s top selling models in the U.S.
Find all the details on the agenda, speakers, sponsorship packages, Exhibit Hall, Innovation Zone, Workforce Development Zone, venue and more at the official Southern Automotive Conference website: